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Who Benefits?
by David Schulz


February 12, 2005

As summertime rapidly approaches, we begin to prepare for the long delays of traffic, clustered sidewalks, and the like that coincide with tourism. Although tourism in Ketchikan is a great industry, and a very profitable one at that, which maintains Ketchikan's economy, tourism also creates a lot of havic for the local residents. Not only that, but most of the businesses that occupy downtown Ketchikan are managed by out of town people whom don't contribute to the community, which leads to less benefits of us local residents.

I for one would like to see more locally owned businesses reaping the benefits of the tourism industry, and therefore bringing in more money into the local economy. If we are left with no choice but to deal with the inconviences that come along with the thousands of tourists that visit our great city, the least we can do is take advantage of it. It would be a tremendous boost for Ketchikan to see more locally owned businesses in the downtown area, especially ones that aren't jewelry and fur stores.

I know that I am just stating the obvious, but this is something that needs to be taken into consideration as soon as possible. I want nothing more than to see my hometown grow and evolve into a city with a much stronger economy. It is a dream of mine to be able to return to Ketchikan and see it booming with great success growing to new heights. I hope someday that Ketchikan will become a city that is progressing towards a bright future.

Thank you for reading my posting, and I hope you take it to heart.

David Schulz
Moscow, ID - USA



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